Zipper Rupture Bulletin Now Available

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Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.February 13, 2008 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association announced today the issuance of a revised Tire Industry Service Bulletin for procedures in addressing zipper ruptures in certain commercial vehicle tires.

The purpose of this bulletin is to describe the inspection procedures for identifying potential sidewall circumferential ruptures (also know as “zipper ruptures”) on truck/bus tires and light truck tires of steel cord radial construction.
Zipper ruptures can be extremely hazardous to tire repair technicians. Careful adherence to proper repair procedures is crucial. Ply cords weaken by under inflation or overloading may break one after another, until a rupture occurs in the upper sidewall with accompanying instantaneous air loss and explosive force. This can result in serious injury or death.

The bulletin, “Inspection Procedures to Identify Potential Sidewall ‘Zipper Ruptures’ In Steel Cord Radial Truck, Bus and Light Truck Tires” Volume 33 no. 3, is available on the RMA web site’s Publication section or can be ordered by phone at 800-325-5095 or fax 330-725-5095.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.

New Report Confirms Ground Rubber as Environmentally Sound

No Adverse Human, Ecological Health Effects

Download Full Report (updated 2013)

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Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.August 19, 2008 – Athletic fields and playgrounds constructed with ground rubber made from scrap tires pose no adverse human or ecological health effects, according to a comprehensive report commissioned by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), a tire industry trade group.

The report evaluated the health and ecological risks associated with the use of recycled tire rubber in consumer applications, particularly playgrounds and athletic fields. A thorough review of available literature was conducted including studies from both advocates and opponents to the use of recycled tire materials. An examination of the weight of evidence across all of the available studies was conducted to enable a comprehensive assessment of potential risk.

“We believe this report will add to the growing body of evidence showing that the use of scrap tire rubber in these applications is not only safe, but has several major safety benefits,” said Michael Blumenthal, RMA vice president. “This report has reviewed the worldwide wealth of knowledge on this topic and we are hopeful that it will contribute to correcting any misperceptions about tire rubber in the environment.”

The use of recycled tire rubber is widely used as an infill material for synthetic sports fields and as a floor cover for playgrounds. Both applications take advantage of the exceptional cushioning characteristics of tire rubber and provide increased safety relative to other materials.

Athletic fields and playground cover are two of the fastest growing and largest end uses for recycled ground tire rubber. Approximately 13 million scrap tires are used in these applications annually.

The report, Review of the Human Health & Ecological Safety of Exposure to Recycled Tire Rubber found at Playgrounds and Synthetic Turf Fields, is available for download at www.rma.org.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.

RMA Statement Regarding the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Decision in Public Citizen V. M Peters

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Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.July 22, 2008 – Today’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is unfortunate and may lead to the release of inaccurate, unsubstantiated information about tires and automotive equipment.

Much of the information filed under the early warning reporting system often consists of raw and often unverified allegations. As a consequence, it is extremely likely that some consumers’ claims will in fact turn out to have been mistaken. However, tire manufacturers must report these unsubstantiated allegations because the Early Warning Reporting System requires only “minimal specificity” for filing claims.

Additionally, the system does not allow tire manufacturers to correct data even if it is discovered that a particular consumer claim was unjustified or was made against the wrong tire company.

Due to the fact that this information includes mere unsubstantiated claims, this raw, early warning data should not be considered by consumers to be an accurate gauge of performance or reliability for any tire. Early warning information is appropriately reported to the nation’s highway safety agency that has the ability and resources to evaluate and analyze the data for potential safety issues.

Should officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration find that a safety investigation is warranted, the public should then be notified so that remedial action can be considered.

With this decision, unverified information released by the government can be misinterpreted and thereby unnecessarily alarm motorists about products that are safe. At the same time, safety regulators will be forced to needlessly expend finite public resources responding to such public alarm generated by the raw and unverified allegations.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include more than 80 companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. All RMA press releases are available at www.rma.org.

RMA Signs Commitment to Work With US Mexican Governments on Border Scrap Tire Management Initiative

RMA Committement Letter

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Dan Zielinski
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dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.May 15, 2008 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association has signed a letter of understanding with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources to implement a bilateral scrap tire management initiative.

The letter was signed during the recent Border 2012 meeting which occurred during the International Tire Conference in San Diego. The conference was hosted by the California Integrated Waste Management Board in cooperation with RMA. RMA is the only non-government entity that has signed a letter of understanding.

The U.S.–Mexico Border Scrap Tire Integrated Management Initiative, referred to as the Tire Initiative, was signed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) in October 2006 as a result of commitments made by the United States and Mexico during the 2004 Binational Commission meeting to develop an environmentally sustainable scrap tire management framework.

“Since 2000, RMA has been dedicated to the border region by being a leading source of information, building infrastructure and developing tire markets along the border,” RMA said in a letter to EPA and SEMARNAT. “We understand that the U.S.-Mexico Border Scrap Tire Integrated Management Initiative provides concrete actions that when employed have great potential to contribute significantly to the prevention of future border scrap tire piles.”

The goals of the Tire Initiative are to clean up old tire stockpiles, prevent the creation of new stockpiles, better understand the problems of scrap tire generation and involve stakeholders and communities in developing solutions.

The Tire Initiative also seeks to create environmentally acceptable and economically promising end-use markets for scrap tires.

“RMA has had a long commitment toward working with all stakeholders and both the U.S. and Mexican governments to achieve workable solutions to scrap tire management issues along the border of our nations,” said Michael Blumenthal, RMA vice president, resource recovery. “We appreciate the opportunity to work together to clean up border communities and prevent the creation of additional scrap tire stockpiles.”

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.